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Vessel Number: HV000191
Date: 1930
Designer: AC Barber
Vessel Dimensions: 9.75 m x 3.2 m x 1.71 m (32 ft x 10.5 ft x 5.6 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
PHALAROPE is an example of a yacht built at the Holmes' yard in North Sydney. It was a small cruising yacht built in 1930 on Colin Archer lines, redrawn by A C Barber, for the well known Sydney surgeon Robert Scot Skirving.
DescriptionPHALAROPE was the last yacht that Scot Skirving owned, having had five previous vessels before this yacht was built. He was a keen sailor and well known on Sydney Harbour as well as being a respected surgeon and close colleague of Sir Alex MacCormick, who was another senior surgeon, yachtsman and important figure in Sydney during the 1920s and 1930s.

Scot Skirving went to AC Barber in about 1930 and asked him to prepare plans of a small yacht based on the Colin Archer Redningskoite or rescue boat designs. The result was described by Scot Skirving in his memoirs as a 'splendid little 10-ton craft....a great sea boat'. Scot Skirving was a practical man and he rigged it himself as a Bermudan ketch and had it fitted with a Grey petrol engine. 'She is the best boat I owned and I still have her' he wrote.

There is a possible interesting connection between PHALAROPE and KATHLEEN GILLETT. Both are based on unknown Archer designs, and Scot Skirving was a friend of Jack Earl, KATHLEEN GILLETT's owner. Scot Skirving is known to have encouraged Earl to build an Archer designed yacht, so both yachts may possibly be derived from the same or similar set of lines.

PHALAROPE has all the characteristics of an Archer design including the profile of the stem and stern. It was built by Holmes at their North Sydney yard. Holmes had built at least one of his earlier yachts, PANACEA which was designed by Walter Reeks. By the 1930s Holmes was recognised as a builder of many fine motor cruisers and other powered craft, so PHALAROPE is important as a surviving example of a small yacht built by Holmes during this period of motor vessel construction.

PHALAROPE was bought by Ron Cottee in 1953. Cottee had previously owned a motor cruiser and this was his first yacht. His first voyage offshore had an unfortunate beginning. Sailing south along the NSW coast and less than a day out of Sydney it went ashore on Gerroa Beach, south of Wollongong on the 24th December 1953. It was refloated wihout any significant damage.

PHALAROPE remains in largely original condition, but has a sloop rig and a modern diesel engine installed.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:canoe stern/double endedDE
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Related materials:photos
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber

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